FRIDAY ROUNDUP: This Week’s Best New Music (22/07/16)

22 Jul 2016

feat. Julia Jacklin, Boys Forever, Aldous RH, Dave Okumu and Drugdealer


It's Friday! Rejoice! And what better way to welcome in the weekend than with five tasty morsels of delicious new music? Here are five of this week's best new tracks from five acts who are delighting us in equal but entirely different ways. Dig in...


The Perth scene may have become synonymous with the Kevin Parker school of psychedlic wanderings in recent years, but Sydney's got a new star in its midst producing far more intimate yet equally heartwrenching goods of her own. Julia Jacklin - recently signed to our bros Transgressive Records - makes the kind of timeless tracks that are as indebted to Dolly Parton as they are to the modern likes of Angel Olson. 'Leadlight' - a taster of forthcoming LP 'Don't Let the Kids Win' (due October 7) is a fine example.



It may seem impossible, in the week of the biggest heatwave in recent British memory, to see the word 'cold' without having a little weep, but give Boys Forever a fair shot. 'Cold Is The Colour' is the latest track from Patrick Doyle (ex-Veronica Falls) and his new cohorts and it takes their indie jangles into more laidback, hazy territories. Perfect then, for slow days in the baking, baking, scorching heat. Hear it live, meanwhile, next Friday at RFB's club night Popular Culture at The Finsbury.



Aldous RH may sound like some kind of sonic wizard, skipping merrily between the altars of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, LA Priest and the funky godfathers of yesteryear, but our talented friend actually hails from Manchester - proof, indeed, that the city's prolific musical output still has the capacity to get weird. 'Sensuality' does exactly what it says on the tin, coming on like some kind of saucy underwater party, helmed by a merman not of this world. Delicious.



"Just heard about another one / Heart sinking to the bottom of an ocean of purple," sings Invisible mainman Dave Okumu over the kind of sparse but funky beat that can only be a reference to one particularly sexy little pop pioneer. His newest offering is, as you may have guessed, a tribute to the mighty Prince - lyrically mournful, but musically sassy as hell, it does the job perfectly. And what's more, all proceeds from the track are going to the Nordoff Robins Foundation. Fine work, sir.



Kicking off in the vein of an affective Tobias Jesso Jr piano lament, before launching into a warm jam that recalls the absolutely massive chorus of Chris Rea's 'Fool If You Think It's Over' (trust us, this is a compliment), 'Suddenly' is entirely not of its time. Which, in a world where psych-tinged retro-ists The Lemon Twigs are the most exciting new band around and romantic softie Mac DeMarco reigns supreme, obviously means that Drugdealer are actually about as 2016 as it gets. Keep up, yeah?



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